Obituary of Marian Clara Ford
Marian was a woman who embodied determination and strength. She made many connections in her 101 years, and was truly the rock of her family. Marian was born September 9, 1919 to her parents Henry and Ida Binder. Her parents and grandmother ran a local butcher shop in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt area. From a young age, family was central in her life. Her extended family surrounded her and she was never too far from cousins, aunts and uncles. She also developed lifelong friendships with her neighborhood playmates. When Marian was a child, she became sick and needed to be kept at home while she fought her illness. During this time, she persevered, keeping up with her home lessons and developing a great faith which continued throughout her lifetime. As she grew older, Marian attended Mount St. Joseph Academy where she took business and typing courses. She became an excellent typist--- in fact, her most prized possession was an Underwood typewriter that her father gifted to her while attending the academy. Even after her time at Mount St. Joseph’s, she was an active member of their alumni association and attended many of their alumni events. Using the tools she learned at the academy, Marian held secretarial positions with Remington Rand and National Gypsum. Marian met the love of her life, Joseph, following the U.S. involvement in WWII. Marian’s cousin, Edwin, worked at the post office with Joe and made the introduction. The two hit it off and wed in 1949. They spent 54 wonderful years together before Joseph’s passing in 2003. The two also created a home of their own in Buffalo with the addition of their two daughters, Mary Jane and Kathleen. The family enjoyed vacation time together at Allegany State Park and along the Lake Erie shore. Marian encouraged her daughters to expand their educations and continued to support them as they moved into adulthood. Marian was the devoted caregiver of her family and the special family dogs that touched her heart. Throughout her many years, Marian had a natural talent for making connections that transcended generations. From spending time with her grandparents as a young child, to caring for her grandsons and great-grandchild, Marian found ways to relate to each individual. She enjoyed watching her grandsons play hockey and became a great Sabre fan. She loved to read and used the Harry Potter books to relate to her grandchildren. Friends of her daughters became extended family as she was the "team softball mom" and "teacher's aide". These friendships brought Marian much delight in her later years. Marian spent her last years at Peregrine’s Landing Assisted Living Facility. There she made many new friends and was grateful for the superior level of care she received from the nurses, aides and dining staff. She was treated with love and respect and was a beloved member of their family. Marian will be remembered by those who loved her as someone who always lived in the present, never dwelling too much on the past, and always living every moment as it is. She will be forever remembered by those she has impacted on her life’s journey. Ford, Marian Clara (nee Binder) November 16, 2020 of Buffalo, NY. Beloved wife of the late Joseph V. Ford; devoted mother of Mary Jane (late James) Waltz, and Kathleen (William) Schmid; cherished grandmother of Peter (Frances) Schmid, and Brian Schmid; loving great-grandmother of Samuel DeFazio; dear sister of the late Jane (late Jeffrey) Brenkus; also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and friends. Mass of Christian Burial to take place Saturday at 10AM at St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. Please assemble at church. To ensure safety and health of family and guests, please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14224. Online condolences and donations may be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com. A THANK YOU! Marian's family is extremely grateful to the many people that touched her life these past few years. Friends and relatives reached out to her with cards, phone calls and visits. She enjoyed every one of these and would talk about them for days. Things took a drastic turn last March with the arrival of Covid. Unable to have visits, Marian was very lonely but was bolstered by the outpouring of phone calls and cards. She relied on the wonderful staff at Peregrine's Landing and her fellow residents to give her the personal interaction that she needed. Her family is forever grateful to Peregrine for their help and concern during that difficult time. The staff is also to be commended for their loving care of Marian in her final days. Marian was also under Hospice care at this time. Her Hospice team provided outstanding professional and emotional support. Being able to be with her family during her final weeks was a blessing to Marian that can never be minimized. Her family is filled with gratitude.